The central coastal province of Khanh Hoa has provided 1.5 billion VND to carry out research on scrub typhus and means of transmission. The project is currently about to get underway and is due to run until 2013.

The Pasteur Institute in Nha Trang will focus on scrub typhus patients and record age, gender, occupation, geographical region, what time of year the disease was contracted and the clinical and biological characteristics of carriers.

Based on their results, the institute will use RT-PCR ELISA technology to identify the causes and introduce preventive measures and treatment in the province.

Scrub typhus, sometimes known as Japanese river fever, is a dangerous and extremely infectious fatal disease common throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Between 2008 and March 2010, Khanh Hoa province admitted and provided treatment to more than 340 patients suffering from scrub typhus.-VNA